Active Shooter/Violent Intruder


An active shooter/violent intruder is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined, populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms, and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. According to the FBI study of active shooter incidents occurring between 2000 and 2013 throughout the U.S., situations were over within two to five minutes. Due to the quick time frame, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.

Upon receipt of an emergency notification, or upon awareness of situation,


RUN, when an active shooter is in your vicinity.

  • If you determine escape is possible, evacuate the area as quickly as possible.
  • Evacuate whether others agree to or not.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Help others escape, if possible.
  • Alert others as you exit the area/building.
  • Warn others to not enter the area/building.
  • Call 911 when safe.
HIDE, if an evacuation is not possible, and find a place to hide.
  • Lock interior door.
  • Barricade the door with heavy furniture such as desks, tables, or bookcases, if possible.
  • Place cell phone in silent mode; vibrate mode can still cause loud sounds. Do not turn off phone.
  • Turn off lights, radios, and computer monitors.
  • Close blinds, if any.
  • Hide behind large objects.
  • Remain very quiet.
  • Your hiding place should:
    • Be out of the shooter’s view.
    • Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction.
    • Not trap you or restrict your options for movement.
  • An unfamiliar voice may be the shooter attempting to lure victims from their safe space; do not respond to any voice command until you can verify with certainty it is being issued by a police officer.
  • Stay in place until the “ALL CLEAR” signal is received.
FIGHT, if your life is in imminent danger, or if you or a group of people decide this is the best response to preserve innocent life.
  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.
  • Act with physical aggression.
  • When fighting, do not go it alone if you can help it. There is strength in numbers.
  • Improvise weapons, such as pens, pencils, scissors, chairs, desks, and blunt objects.
  • If you and others decide to fight, commit to your action. Realize this will involve significant risk and cannot be accomplished half-heartedly. Give it every bit of strength, energy, and courage you have. Do not hesitate to use violent means.
  • Use your knowledge of the facility. There may be an advantageous location when attacking the suspect.
  • Status of threat
  • Proximity of threat
  • Have your circumstances changed? Is there now a better option among RUN, HIDE, FIGHT?
When law enforcement arrives
  • Remain calm and follow instructions.
  • Keep your hands visible at all times.
  • Avoid pointing or yelling.
  • Know help for the injured is on the way.
Before a situation occurs, plan ahead. Think.
  • Where would I run?
  • Where would I hide?
  • How would I fight?


Kirksville and Mesa Emergency Numbers


Security Emergency and non-emergency 
(On Campus) ext. 33
(Off Campus) 1-660-349-9513

Kirksville Police: 
(On Campus) Dial 9-911 
(Off Campus) Dial 911


Security Office: *7 from any campus phone
Switchboard : 0 
Security Phone: 480-341-9075

Security *Emergencies Only*
(On Campus) *7 from any campus phone

Mesa Police: 
(On Campus) Dial 911 
(Off Campus) Dial 911

Run, Hide, Fight